Truck, trailer with $400K in beef stolen from Manatee parking lot

MANATEE - A semi-truck and refrigerated trailer holding about $400,000 in beef was stolen from the parking lot of a local motel this afternoon, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The driver had gone into the Ramada Limited motel in the 5200 block of 17th Street East about 2 p.m. to check in and had left the truck unlocked. When he returned, the truck and trailer were gone, according to the sheriff's office.

There were no witnesses or any video recording of the theft available, the sheriff's office said.